Dark, intriguing short films

* Spoiler alert! Probably one of the stupidest plugs I’ve ever seen. They practically wrote the entire story of both shorts.

Dark, intriguing short films
Malaya, Entertainment section
October 26, 2006

FEATURED in the TV program “Shorts” tonight at 10 on ABC are two short film both directed by young filmmaker Anna Isabelle “Sunshine” Matutina who has exhibited and won accolades both here and in film festivals abroad. She has edited extensively for “Ang Pamilyang Kumakain ng Lupa” (feature film directed by Khavn dela Cruz), “Blood Bank” (directed by Pam Miras), “ICU Bed #7” (directed by Jon Red, finalist in CinemaOne Originals), “Dilim” (directed by Topel Lee, finalist in CiinemaOne Originals), and many other short and feature-length films. She currently works as a freelance editor in television networks.

The first film, “Panaginipan” was a finalist in Cinemalaya 2005, while the second film, “Ika-Siyam na Palapag” was exhibited in the 7th Cinemanila International Film Festival and competed in the 28th International Women’s Film Festival of Creteil, France and in the Malescorto Film Festival in Italy 2006.

Get into the dark side of Sunshine’s mind and sensibilities as “Panaginipan” explores the story of two young women: Mona who is cold and unfeeling and Sarah who is bright and bubbly, but vulnerable in her relationships with men. The two friends, though with diametrically opposed personalitites, are united in their wish to escape life. Together they think up different ways of dying, until one day Sarah comes up with the perfect proposition, they just have to force themselves to stop breathing while they are asleep. Sarah wakes up one morning to discover that Mona seems to have been successful in dying by holding her breath. However, she also discovers a more horrifying truth about their situation and finds herself caught between reality and madness.

In “Ika-Siyam na Palapag,” a young woman climbs flight after flight of stairs, her stomach growing larger with each flight. By the time she reaches the ninth floor, she is fully pregnant. She is trying to call out to a young man, seemingly her lover, across another building, but as she ascends to the ninth floor she discovers the young man has another family. She struggles to climb higher and eventually gives birth on the rooftop of the building. Upon giving birth, she leans over to the side with her baby in her arms; seemingly about to throw her child away – when she suddenly wakes up on the bathroom floor, her hands bloodied. Did she or did she not kill her child? Two intriguing fims in one night which is a must-see treat for indie pelikula aficionados from ABC, Thursday at 10 pm.

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